Everton preparing contract offer for Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey

Ramsey seems set to walk away from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Everton are readying a contract offer of £150,000 a week for Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey, reports say.

Ramsey is out of contract at the Emirates in the summer, and could be sold by the Gunners in January as Arsenal consider cashing in on the Welshman.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and a host of Serie A sides are all monitoring Ramsey’s developing transfer situation, with Arsenal in real danger of losing one of their best players to a direct rival.

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The Sun now claim Everton have entered the transfer race and are preparing a big contract offer to present to Ramsey.

Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands is putting together an offer for Ramsey and the Toffees are prepared to offer as much as £150,000 a week over a five-year contract.

Ramsey, who turns 29 in December, may be tempted by such a long-term deal, but would need further convincing to turn down the advances of top clubs like Chelsea.

Emery is prepared to let Ramsey leave at the end of his contract (Picture: Getty)United and Liverpool are tipped to submit bids for Ramsey in January, while Juventus and AC Milan are poised to enter talks with the midfielder.

Ramsey can speak to foreign clubs in January and could demand a £15million sign-on bonus.

Unai Emery seems happy to let Ramsey leave as the Arsenal boss aims to focus his transfer funds on his own signings.

Silva is attempting to build a stronger squad at Everton (Picture: Getty)Ramsey has already asked for a significantly improved contract at Arsenal, on par with what Mesut Ozil is earning.

But Emery would prefer to have the money that could be used to keep Ramsey to spend in the January window on incomings.

Liverpool are believed to be the frontrunners for Ramsey’s signature after helping rejuvenate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s career.

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(Picture: Getty)Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool from Arsenal last summer and enjoyed an excellent first season for the Reds, before picking up a serious knee injury.

Ramsey has already insisted he has no plans to leave Arsenal in January, but did admit he thought he had agreed a new deal before the Gunners called a halt to talks.

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Paul Pogba, Alexandre Lacazette and Eden Hazard shine as Premier League title race heats up

Chelsea returned to the top of the Premier League table after their 3-0 win against Southampton on Sunday.

The Blues pulled off a convincing win on the south coast to put pressure on rivals Manchester City and Liverpool, who faced off later in the day at Anfield.

The two teams played out a tense, nervy 0-0 with Riyad Mahrez missing a penalty in the final minutes to deny City all three points.

Elsewhere, Arsenal recorded their most impressive performance yet under Unai Emery with a 5-1 mauling of Fulham, while Manchester United battled back from two goals down against Newcastle to give Jose Mourinho some breathing space at Old Trafford.

Bournemouth produced arguably the performance of the weekend to beat Watford 4-0 at Vicarage Road but who made our team of the week?

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Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa kept his fourth clean sheet in eight matches (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri was unhappy with his side’s defending during their first four matches in the Premier League this term but the Blues are giving up far fewer chances in recent games.

Thibaut Courtois’ future was a difficult situation for Sarri to handle so shortly after his appointment but Kepa Aarrizabalaga has proved a fine acquisition, even for £71m.

The Spaniard recorded his fourth clean sheet in eight matches against Southampton on Sunday and produced two stunning saves in the final 15 minutes to deny Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings.

Right-back: Matt Doherty

Wolves couldn’t have asked for a better start to life back in the Premier League with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side losing just one of their first eight matches so far.

Much of the club’s fine start has been down to their solid backline and, though they’ve spent plenty of money to rejoin England’s top tier, it’s been players like Doherty and Ryan Bennett that have shone as bright as anyone so far.

Doherty got Wolves’ only goal at Selhurst Park (Picture: Getty)Doherty was typically solid during Wolves’ 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday but showed his expertise in forward positions by scoring the only goal of the game when he bombed forward from his right-back slot and finished past Wayne Hennessey.

It’s a mystery how the 26-year-old only has two caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Centre-backs: Aymeric Laporte & Lewis Dunk

There were echoes of a certain Portuguese manager in Pep Guardiola’s post-match press conference following City’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

The Spaniard rarely allows his side to think about the opposition, instead preferring them to focus on their own strengths. However, in a compliment to Liverpool, he said his side had to slow the game down with their tactics because they knew they’d lose an ‘open’ game against the Reds.

Guardiola’s tactics largely worked but City still had to be solid at the back and Laporte had one of his best games at the club since joining from Athletic Bilbao.

City opted to bench both Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany but Laporte showed he can command the defence in their absence.

Aymeric Laporte stood out against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)West Ham lost for the first time in five matches at Brighton thanks to Glenn Murray’s strike.

The Seagulls had been on a difficult run since their 3-2 win against Manchester United but Chris Hughton’s men pulled away from the relegation zone with a win against the Hammers.

Dunk faced the unenviable task of keeping Marko Arnautovic quiet but the 26-year-old was brilliant up against the Austrian.

The defender’s been rewarded for his fine form with an England call-up, meaning he’s the first Brighton player since Steve Foster in 1982 to earn a call-up.

Left-back: Andrew Robertson

While Robertson is widely praised for his attacking ability, the Scot once again proved himself as one of the league’s best defenders against City.

Liverpool were far from their rampaging best at Anfield and looked mentally and physically fatigued after a taxing period in which they’ve faced Chelsea [x2], Tottenham, Napoli and then City.

It was a different type of game for Robertson (Picture: Getty)City controlled possession and didn’t allow Liverpool’s full-backs to get forward, meaning Robertson spent much of the match trying to keep Riyad Mahrez quiet.

The Algerian had an opportunity to win the match from 12 yards but he was kept quiet throughout the match by Robertson.

Central midfield: Paul Pogba

Pogba was pushed into a deeper role in the second half (Picture: Getty)His attitude has been questioned – mostly by Jose Mourinho – this term but few United supporters were left in any doubt of Pogba’s quality during the second half against Newcastle.

The Frenchman was pushed back, practically into defence, as United looked to build a comeback against the Magpies and Pogba was at the heart of everything the Red Devils did well in the final 20 minutes.

Pogba laid on a fine assist for Anthony Martial and dictated play from a deeper position to give Mourinho a much needed win at the Theatre of Dreams.

Central midfield: Gylfi Sigurdsson

The Icelandic midfielder started in support of Richarlison against Leicester but Marco Silva pushed him further back as the game went on and this helped the Toffees play.

The 29-year-old had three goals in four games before Everton’s 2-1 win at the King Power but his brilliant strike past Kasper Schmeichel will be hard to beat this season.

Sigurdsson turned James Madisson 35 yards from goal and burst forward before putting a curling effort into the top left-hand corner.

Central midfield: Ross Barkley

Barkley scored his first goal for the club (Picture: Getty)Barkley would have felt aggrieved at not starting Chelsea’s Europa League clash with Videoton on Thursday but Sarri clearly had him in mind to start against the Saints.

The 24-year-old provided an assist for Eden Hazard’s opener when he won the ball high up the field and then scored his first goal for the club by tapping in Olivier Giroud’s knock down.

Barkley says it’s the first time in his career that he’s being ‘coached’ under Sarri and it’s clear the Italian is already having a positive effect on the midfielder.

Right forward: Joshua King

Bournemouth’s start to the season couldn’t be in greater contrast to their struggles last Autumn.

The Cherries have lost just once in their opening eight matches and enter the international break on 16 points – four points of joint-leaders Chelsea, Liverpool and City.

That form has been down to their blistering attacking play and King summed it up in their 4-0 win against Watford on Saturday.

The Norwegian got his first from the penalty spot and then grabbed a second when he headed in Callum Wilson’s cross just before the break.

Left forward: Eden Hazard

Hazard scored his eighth goal of the season (Picture: Getty)Is there a more in-form player in the world right now?

Hazard is thriving under Sarri and loves the new-found freedom the Italian is affording him at Stamford Bridge having worked under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte since 2013.

The Belgian scored his eighth goal of the season on the south coast when he converted Barkley’s pass and he already looks on for his best scoring season to date, which was the 19 he managed in 2014/15.

Hazard then laid on a beautiful assist for Alvaro Morata in stoppage time and it’s clear if Chelsea are in contention come-what May it’ll be because of Hazard.

Striker: Alexandre Lacazette

Lacazette struck twice against Fulham (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery seemed taken aback when he was asked if Arsenal should now be considered title challengers following their 5-1 win against Fulham.

It may be early days but this was Arsenal’s ninth straight win in all competitions and Lacazette has been at the forefront of their great form.

The Frenchman swivelled on Nacho Monreal’s cross to put the Gunners 1-0 up at Craven Cottage and scored again after the break when he fired in from 25 yards.

His second encapsulated his display, showing the confidence he feels right now under Emery.

Team of the week

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool & Arsenal

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West Ham v Manchester United

All eyes will be on Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho during West Ham’s clash with Man Utd (Picture: Getty)West Ham have improved in recent weeks and could easily have taken all three points against Chelsea last weekend with Andriy Yarmolenko missing a gilt-edged late opportunity.

United were knocked out of the League Cup against an improving Derby County midweek, but their away form – won their last three – is, actually better than their home form at present.

It would not surprise me if the game finished all square, but if there is to be a winner I think the hosts might nick it.

Michael’s Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Manchester United

Arsenal v Watford

Unai Emery has masterminded Arsenal’s six-game winning streak in all competitions (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have won their last four Premier League games, but they continue to look fragile defensively and rode their luck at home to Everton last weekend.

That said the Gunners have failed to score in just two of their last 36 home league games and both of those blanks were drawn against Manchester City.

Watford are likely to have their opportunities at the Emirates, but I expect the Gunners to make it five wins on the spin.

Michael’s Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Watford

Everton v Fulham

Everton have won all 13 home games in the Premier League against Fulham and I expect the hosts to get a much-needed win following back-to-back defeats.

Marco Silva has a big decision to make regarding Richarlison with many Blues’ supporters, and pundits, clamouring for the young Brazilian to be employed as a central striker.

Aleksander Mitrovic joined Eden Hazard at the top-of-the-goal-scoring- charts after his late equaliser against Watford at Craven Cottage last weekend. Everton need to be wary of the goalscoring threat of the Serb who has been a revelation since joining Fulham in January.

Michael’s Prediction: Everton 2-1 Fulham

Huddersfield Town v Tottenham

Harry Kane was back on the scoresheet in Tottenham’s win at Brighton (Picture: Getty)Town supporters have yet to see their side find the back of the net at home this season and it might be another barren weekend for the Terriers when Spurs visit the John Smith’s Stadium.

Erik Lamela has given Mauricio Pochettino a welcome headache in recent weeks with the Belgium international coming off the bench to score in Spurs’ last couple of league games. He will be itching for a start.

Spurs have scored in 31 of their last 32 Premier League games and I expect them to take all three points in west Yorkshire.

Michael’s Prediction: Huddersfield Town 0-2 Tottenham

Manchester City v Brighton

Sergio Aguero has been unstoppable at the Etihad Stadium (Picture: Getty)Sergio Aguero has scored 14 times in his last 10 Premier League games at the Etihad and the Argentinean striker is likely to return to the starting XI for the champions having sat out the midweek League Cup win at Oxford.

Brighton have not won in their last 16 Premier League games on the road and it would be something of a shock if the Seagulls won at the home of the champions.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Brighton

Newcastle United v Leicester City

James Maddison has caught the eye for Leicester City this season (Picture: Getty)Newcastle picked up a good point at Selhurst Park from a goalless draw last weekend, but goals are likely to be at a premium for United this season. Indeed, the Magpies have yet to find the back of the net more than once in a competitive game this term and I feel they will have to settle for a point against Leicester at St James’s Park.

The Foxes have not drawn any of their last 10 Premier League away games (L7 D3) but I feel that trend might be bucked this weekend in what promises to be an entertaining clash.

Michael’s Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Leicester City

Wolves v Southampton

Wolves were good value for their draw at Old Trafford last weekend and, back at Molineux, are one of just five sides unbeaten at home so far this Premier League campaign.

Only the current top 3 have had more shots on goal than Wolves so far this term (89) although 30 of those came in their last home game with Burnley. Saints were toothless against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend although they will welcome back Danny Ings who was ineligible to play against his parent club on Saturday.

Michael’s Prediction: Wolves 2-0 Southampton

Chelsea v Liverpool

Eden Hazard was Chelsea’s matchwinner in midweek against Liverpool (Picture: PA)The biggest game of the Premier League season to date with Liverpool looking to become just the second side in the history of the Premier League to win their first seven league games. Note the other was Chelsea in the 2005-06 season who won their first nine league games en route to the title.

The Reds have not kept a clean sheet in their last 14 league games with Chelsea and this is the biggest test yet of Liverpool’s title credentials.

Eden Hazard has scored four times in his last two home Premier League games and Liverpool need to keep the Blues talisman at arm’s length. I expect to see goals in what promises to be a cracker.

Michael’s Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

Cardiff v BurnleyCardiff are without a win in their last 10 Premier League games and have conceded 12 goals in their last three games. The Clarets lost at Burton midweek in the League Cup with a weakened side but hammered Bournemouth 4-0 at Turf Moor last weekend and will fancy their chances in south Wales.

I don’t expect, however, to see many – if any – goals at the Cardiff City Stadium although if there is to be a winner I would expect the visitors might edge it.

Michael’s Prediction: Cardiff 0-1 Burnley

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

Palace have won three of their last four Premier League games on the road, but Bournemouth will be keen to bounce back after a bad day at the office at Turf Moor last weekend.

The Cherries are unbeaten in their last four home Premier League games and I think both sides will have to settle for a point from an open, entertaining contest.

Michael’s Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Crystal Palace

Michael’s weekend wager: Everton, Wolves and Spurs at 15/4

Michael Owen is a brand ambassador for BetVictor. For more of Michael’s tips read his column here.

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions including Man Utd v Wolves & Arsenal v Everton

Michael Owen has made his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League action (Picture: Metro.co.uk)Brand Ambassador Michael Owen believes it will be a good weekend for the “big six” in the Premier League this weekend as he again shared his thoughts on all the weekend action exclusively with BetVictor.

Fulham vs Watford

Watford’s 100% start to the new season was ended by Man Utd last weekend (Picture: Getty)The hosts have conceded at least twice in all five Premier League games so far this season, but I feel they will pick up a point against a Watford side whose second half comeback against Manchester United on Sunday could, on another day, have brought them an unlikely point. Watford have lost their last eight Premier Leagues games in the capital, but they showed their mettle against United last weekend and no side has scored more goals (8) in the second half so far this term than the Hornets.

Michael’s Prediction: Fulham 1-1 Watford

Manchester United vs Wolves

Paul Pogba was back to his best last week (Picture: Getty)United have won their last six league games against Wolves at Old Trafford and I feel they will maintain that good record at the weekend although the Molineux outfit have quickly come to terms with the Premier League and should, arguably, be unbeaten so far this season. Jose Mourinho has never lost back-to-back home league games in his managerial career but, after three successive away wins, I expect his side to exorcise the demons of that defeat at the hands of Spurs last month. Wolves have taken a point against champions City and kept clean sheets in their own back-to-back wins in their last couple of games. This promises to be the game of the weekend and one I feel United will edge.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Wolves

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle

Wilfried Zaha scored Crystal Palace’s winning goal last weekend (Picture: Getty)Since the start of the 2016-17 season fouls on Wilfried Zaha have resulted in 41 yellow cards – more than any other player in the Premier League – and you could see and feel his frustration coming through the television when he spoke after last weekend’s Huddersfield game. The Ivorian has scored three of the Eagles’ four Premier League goals so far this term and Roy Hodgson needs goals from other avenues. The stats suggest if you stop Zaha you stop Palace. The former Manchester United wide-man cum striker missed the home game with Southampton this season – the result a 2-0 loss. Newcastle have played four of the “big six” clubs already this season and lost each game narrowly 2-1. I feel the time to assess United and their season-long prospects and expectations will not be for at least another month and I feel they can take a hard-earned point at Selhurst Park in a low-scoring contest.

Michael’s Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle

Leicester vs Huddersfield

You can’t afford to leave early if you are a Leicester supporter with half of their eight Premier League goals scored so far this season in the 88th minute or later. That said I think they will have too much for the Terriers at the King Power Stadium given Town have won just one of their last 15 Premier League games and have not scored more than once in that time.

Michael’s Prediction: Leicester 2-0 Huddersfield

Cardiff vs Man City

Man City suffered a shock midweek defeat against Lyon (Picture: Getty)Cardiff were in the game for 80 minutes against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend, but things are unlikely to get any easier for the Bluebirds when the champions come to town on Saturday. Cardiff are without a win in their last nine Premier League games and I expect Pep Guardiola’s side to heap further misery on Neil Warnock’s side with the champions likely to be wounded after their shock home Champions League defeat to Lyon midweek.

Michael’s Prediction: Cardiff 0-3 Man City

Liverpool vs Southampton

Mohamed Salah could be back in the goals this weekend (Picture: Getty)It was a pleasure to be at Anfield midweek where Liverpool were good value for their 3-2 win over PSG in the Champions League. The Reds are unbeaten in their last 23 home Premier League games and I will be surprised if Southampton can stop the Red juggernaut. Jurgen Klopp may shuffle his pack against the Saints and I expect to see Naby Keita restored to the starting XI. I feel the Reds midfielder has goals in his locker and may break his Liverpool duck if given the nod.

Michael’s Prediction: Liverpool 4-0 Southampton

Burnley vs Bournemouth

Burnley have never lost five games in a row in the Premier League and will be desperate to arrest their current run of poor results. Better teams than the Clarets will lose at Molineux this season, but it was the manner of their defeat which was so alarming last weekend. The Cherries have, however, only kept one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League games on the road and I think Sean Dyche’s side will get a positive result – although they may have to settle for a point.

Michael’s Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Bournemouth

Brighton vs Tottenham

Tottenham have lost three in a row for the first time ever under Mauricio Pochettino (Picture: Getty)You have to go back to April 1983 for the last time Brighton beat Spurs and I expect a much-improved performance from Spurs than the one who played so poorly at Wembley last weekend. Mauricio Pochettino’s side conceded two late goals in the San Siro in the Champions League midweek. They must roll their sleeves up and show their mettle and quality at the Amex, but it won’t be easy against a side who have come from two goals down to take a point in their last two games.

West Ham vs Chelsea

Eden Hazard is in the form of his life at the moment (Picture: Reuters)I watched West Ham’s win at Goodison at the weekend and thought it was an excellent result for the Hammers although it is fair to say that on the day Everton were there for the taking. West Ham have lost more Premier League London derbies than any other club and I feel Maurizio Sarri will become just the third Premier League manager to win his first six games in the competition after Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola. That said I expect the hosts to give them a real game in what should be a cracking derby.

Michael’s Predication: West Ham 1-3 Chelsea

Arsenal vs Everton

Arsenal have recovered from their poor start to win four in a row (Picture: Getty)This is a fixture that invariably produces goals and Everton’s two away games so far this season have finished 2-2. I think Blues boss Marco Silva would take a point now although the Gunners have not drawn any of their last 21 Premier League games (W11 L10). This current Arsenal side, as good as they are on the eye, will always give you a chance and I expect Everton to find the back of the net at the Emirates, but Bruce Rioch was in charge of the Gunners (January 1996) the last time they lost at home to Everton. Unai Emery will need time to mould an Arsenal side that could challenge for the title, but I do expect the Gunners to win another game that promises plenty of opportunities and goals.

Michael’s recommendation: Arsenal 3-1 Everton

Michael’s weekend wager: Leicester, Chelsea and Arsenal at 3/1Michael Owen is a Brand Ambassador for BetVictor. For more of Michael’s tips read his column here.

FIFA 19: The best cheap starter team on Ultimate Team

The Premier League provides the best cheap options for making a starter team (Picture: EA/FIFA 19)With the release of FIFA 19 fast approaching – and the Ultimate Team Web App already live – it’s time to start thinking about building a reasonably affordable team that can start racking up wins, and coins, as soon as possible.

We’re not looking for any superstars or world-beaters, just a simple XI to kick things off. Our needs are pretty simple: sweatiness, pace, a double-helping of beast mode and maybe some skill moves thrown in. We’ve scoured the FIFA 19 ratings, and their likely prices, and think this starter team has everything for around 15k-20k…


You can build a dominant defence relatively cheaply this year (Pictures: FIFA 19/FUTHEAD)Between the sticks, Nick Pope (80) looks like he could be the new overpowered goalkeeper everyone will hate playing against, especially now compatriot Jack Butland has been relegated. Pope has apparently grown three inches since the last game, now a ginormous 6ft7, but still has quick reflexes and great positioning. Mathew Ryan (78) and Vicente Guaita (81) are also options.

The full-back positions are stocked with talent in the Premier League this season and Joe Bryan (75), who has been upgraded from silver, looks like an excellent, all-round pick at left-back. Arthur Masuaka (75) has a bit more pace, but that will probably cost a little bit more too. At right-back, Danilo (79) doesn’t have a stat under 70 and could go under the radar, while DeAndre Yedlin (76) is very tempting given his explosive pace.

Nathan Ake (79) has everything you want from a centre-back and pace in abundance, while the fact he is a non-rare should lower his price tag. West Ham summer signing Fabian Balbuena (80) has some serious beast potential, and his jumping and heading stats look particularly good. The likes of Mason Holgate, Christian Kabasele and Caglar Soyuncu could be options if you’re really strapped for cash.


There are some excellent, rounded, skillful midfielders to pick up on the cheap (FIFA 19/FUTHEAD)If you want a powerful, physical midfielder on a budget, Mohamed Diame (75) ticks all the boxes and should have a cut-price BIN right from the off – though look to upgrade him for the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek (77) or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (80) pretty early on. Arsenal new boy Lucas Torreira (78) is another great option: good pace, good passing, excellent dribbling and four star skills.

On the left wing, there are a host of options to choose from. Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi (79) is a good entry-level pick and has both four star skills and four star weak foot. Once you earn a few more coins, Brazilian duo Felipe Anderson (82) and Bernard (80) have 90+ pace and bucket loads of dribbling ability.

On the opposite flank, there are once again a number of excellent options to choose from. Theo Walcott (79) should be relatively affordable for anyone in need of pace and good finishing, but keep your eye on Adama Traore (75). In all likelihood his price will be explode on release, largely because he is the second fastest player in FIFA 19 with 96 pace, behind only icon Ronaldo.


Pace is essential up front and there are some exciting options (Pictures: FIFA 19/FUTHEAD)Every iteration of FUT seems to throw up a few OP strikers that can wreak havoc against even the most expensively assembled squads, and Bournemouth could provide two such players this year.

Josh King (78) has lost a bit of pace since FIFA 18, and will likely need to be converted from CF, but remains an excellent budget striker – and he should be slightly cheaper this year due to those aforementioned changes. Teammate Callum Wilson (78) is likely to be slightly less expensive, but has better physical stats. Andre Gray (75) was an excellent option last year and still has blistering speed, while Michail Antonio (78) has strength, speed and serious ability in the air. Any two of those should form a ferocious strike partnership to get your new FUT campaign up and running.


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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Tottenham v Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal

Michael Owen has made his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League action (Picture: Metro.co.uk)As the first international break of the 2018-19 season comes to an end, Michael Owen has delivered his Premier League predictions for the weekend.

Joint-leaders Liverpool travel to Tottenham in Saturday’s early kick-off, while reigning champions Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal are all in action from 3pm.

Manchester United face Watford in the late game on Saturday evening, while struggling Burnley and West Ham are among the teams in action on Sunday.

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Tottenham v Liverpool

This is a real test of Liverpool’s title credentials and a win at Wembley will go a long way to proving their doubters wrong.

With a star-studded side full of attacking options the Reds are almost always guaranteed to score and will look to heap more misery on the hosts who were beaten at Watford last time out.

Liverpool have made an excellent start to the new season (Picture: Getty)Dele Alli hopes to be fit for the Londoners after missing England’s game with Switzerland and although Harry Kane was quiet against Spain he is still the go to man for his club.

Whether Spurs can stop a rampaging Liverpool forward line looks unlikely, however, and five wins on the bounce for Jurgen Klopp’s side beckons.

Michael’s Prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool

Bournemouth v Leicester

Bournemouth were well beaten at Chelsea before the International break but are a much tougher opponent on home soil.

There is usually a partisan atmosphere and the tight little Vitality Stadium generates a terrific atmosphere.

Leicester should welcome back star striker Jamie Vardy from suspension and after tough games with Manchester United and Liverpool the Foxes will fancy themselves on the South Coast.

Leicester have won two and lost two so far this term (Picture: Getty)They should be looking for maximum points if they wish to challenge for a top six berth but just look a little short of squad depth to perhaps make that leap at present.

Sitting on the fence I envisage a share of the spoils.

Michael’s Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester

Chelsea v Cardiff

Maurizio Sarri is certainly changing the way Chelsea approach their football and his refreshing attacking attitude is already making him a fans favourite at the Bridge.

Indeed, Chelsea have attempted and completed more passes than any other side in the Premier League so far this season.

Maurizio Sarri has already made a significant impact at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Their perfect start to the season is likely to be maintained on Saturday against a Cardiff side without a win in six in all competitions.

The Bluebirds did well to reach the top-flight, but the truth is they look set for a quick return and it is likely to be a long afternoon for Neil Warnock’s side at the Bridge.

Michael’s Prediction: Chelsea 4-0 Cardiff

Huddersfield v Crystal Palace

Without the injured Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace suffered a surprise home reverse against Southampton in their last game and have failed to build on an opening day win over Fulham.

The Eagles are likely to have the Ivorian international available for their trip to Huddersfield, however, and it should be noted that they have won all three top-flight away games between the sides without conceding a goal.

Crystal Palace have been reliant on Wilfried Zaha (Picture: Getty)Huddersfield are yet to taste victory so far this term but picked up a useful point at Goodison before the International break although scoring goals is likely to be a problem for the Terriers this term.  I feel Palace will secure a narrow success.

Michael’s Prediction: Huddersfield 0-1 Crystal Palace

Manchester City v Fulham

The Citizens will be looking for goals when they host new boys Fulham and there have been 16 goals scored in the Cottagers’ four Premier League games to date.

Fulham have already shipped nine times in those four games although in Alexsandar Mitrovic – who scored twice, one a cracker for Serbia midweek – they have a striker at the top of his game.

Manchester City have been backed to thrash Fulham (Picture: Getty)Indeed, the Serb has scored 16 league goals since his Fulham debut in February – more than any other in the top two divisions of English football.

That said I expect City to put behind a couple of indifferent performances against Wolves and Newcastle and gain an emphatic success.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester City 5-1 Fulham

Newcastle v Arsenal

Newcastle start the weekend in the bottom three and are yet to win, but the fixture list has not been kind to United and they look to have some easier looking fixtures after the visit of Arsenal.

Indeed, I still believe The Toon will move clear of the drop zone and it would be no surprise to me if they again finished the season in the top half.

Arsenal have yet to convince and often looked shaky at Cardiff despite running out 3-2 winners.

Mesut Ozil looks set to make his first appearance at St James’ Park (Picture: Getty)Two defeats from four outings is hardly top 4 form, however and the Gunners are already looking more like a top six outfit than one who will challenge for a Champions League spot – at least this season.

Newcastle won the corresponding fixture 2-1 last season and the Gunners have not won back-to-back away Premier League games since May 2017. I do not expect the Magpies to lose.

Michael’s Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Arsenal

Watford v Manchester United

Watford couldn’t have wished for a better start to the season and manager Javi Gracia, who had been favourite to be the first Premier League manager to lose/leave his post, was a worthy winner of the Manager of the Month for August.

Watford fans will be hoping that is not the kiss of death, but there looks no reason to desert the Hornets just yet.

United got a valuable win at Turf Moor last time but they won’t relish a trip to Vicarage Road and I expect the resurgent hosts to get at least a point from the game.

Michael’s Prediction: Watford 1-0 Manchester United

There has been speculation over Jose Mourinho’s future at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Wolves v Burnley

Wolves have made a good start to life back in the top flight and a late winner at West Ham has given them a platform to consolidate.

They took a useful point at home to the Champions in their previous game at Molineux and they will be relishing the visit of Burnley at the weekend.

Owen expects Burnley’s struggles to continue (Picture: Getty)Wolves are without a win in their last 14 Premier League games at Molineux but have only lost two of 28 home league games under Nuno Espirito Santo and the Clarets have lost five of their last six away Premier League games.

Things are likely to get worse before they get better for Sean Dyche’s side.

Michael’s Prediction: Wolves 1-0 Burnley

Everton v West Ham

Everton were disappointing against Huddersfield last time when they missed the skills of the suspended Richarlison who scored twice on his Brazil debut against El Salvador midweek.

The Blues must again do without the exciting Brazilian against West Ham this weekend, but I feel Marco Silva’s side can keep the points.

Manuel Pellegrini is already under pressure at the London Stadium (Picture: Getty)Everton have won more Premier League games against the Hammers (24) than any other club and Manuel Pellegrini will become the first West Ham manager to lose their first five league games of the season in their history if they lose at Goodison.

With Chelsea to come next weekend this is a massive game for the Irons, but I feel the points will stay on Merseyside.

Michael’s Prediction: Everton 2-0 West Ham

Southampton v Brighton 

These South Coast rivals look well matched and should provide an intriguing contest for Monday Night viewers to enjoy.

The Saints took the bragging rights with a narrow 1-0 success away in the League Cup recently but will need to improve their home form to make an impact this campaign.

Southampton host Brighton on Monday night (Picture: Getty)Brighton will be delighted with four points from a tough opening set of fixtures and after a tremendous comeback from 2-0 down at home to Fulham to rescue a point, look full of fight this time around.

Glenn Murray bagged a brace in that stirring fightback and looks key to Albion’s hopes.  I think they will do enough to add another point to their tally at St Mary’s.

Michael’s Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Brighton 

Michael’s weekend treble: Chelsea, Wolves and Everton at 10/3

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal vs West Ham & Man Utd vs Spurs

It’s a packed weekend of action in the Premier League (Picture: Metro)The visit of Spurs to Old Trafford on Monday evening is the highlight of Gameweek 3 in the Premier League. I managed to predict two correct scores and seven correct results last weekend – let’s see how the predictions do this time!

Wolves v Manchester City

Pep Guardiola believes Sergio Aguero is in the form of his life (Picture: Getty)Wolves hit the woodwork three times at Leicester on Saturday and they were made to pay for their missed opportunities. Things are unlikely to get much easier for the newly promoted side when champions Manchester City visit Molineux in Saturday’s early kick-off.

City are the first reigning champions to win their first couple of PL games since they did themselves back in 2014 and I would be surprised if they did not take the points in what promises to be an open and entertaining game.

Eyebrows were raised when City only added Riyad Mahrez to their first-team squad in the summer, but Benjamin Mendy ruptured an ACL after just six games last season. His return is almost a second major signing for Pep Guardiola and the French full back was quite magnificent and gave them yet another potent attacking option against Huddersfield on Sunday.

Score prediction: 1-3

Arsenal v West Ham

It has been a baptism of fire for Unai Emery at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Some of Arsenal’s attacking play was wonderful to watch against Chelsea and their two well-crafted goals were as many as they have scored in their last six PL visits to Stamford Bridge.

Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a gilt-edged opportunity on Saturday, but I feel he will be back among the goals for the Gunners sooner rather than later. It would not surprise me if the visit of West Ham on Saturday was an opportunity for Unai Emery to start both Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

The Gunners defending still leaves something to be desired, however, although I do feel they will gain their first win of the season against the Hammers who conceded the lead and all three points to Bournemouth at the weekend.

Score prediction: 2-1

Bournemouth v Everton

Richarlison has scored three times in his first two Everton appearances (Picture: Getty)Bournemouth’s 2-1 win at West Ham was their fourth successive top-flight victory – the first time they have achieved this feat in their history. The fact that they have won 19 points from losing positions already in 2018 shows there is nothing wrong with their commitment and team spirit, but they may have to settle for a point when Everton come to town at the weekend.

The Blues played very well in patches against Southampton at Goodison and they appear to be playing with more energy and pace under Marco Silva. I expect to see another open, entertaining game ending with a point apiece.

Score prediction: 1-1

Huddersfield v Cardiff

Wigan (10) back in 2010 are the only side in the history of the PL to have conceded more goals in their opening two games than Huddersfield (9) but I feel the Terriers can bounce back against Cardiff in a vital game for both clubs.

The losers at the John Smith’s Stadium are likely to endure a long, difficult winter although I appreciate it is only two weeks into the season. Town often got something out of games they badly needed to get a result from last season and that ability might be the key in a low-scoring game.

Score prediction: 1-0

Southampton v Leicester City

Jamie Vardy is banned for three games following his red card last weekend (Picture: Getty)Leicester must do without Jamie Vardy, following his red card against Wolves, at St Mary’s but I still feel they will take all three points on the south coast.

It was good to see Danny Ings back among the goals at Goodison on Saturday and, if the striker can be kept off the treatment table, he will be a big asset to Southampton.

The Foxes played well at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season, however, and I feel they will take all three points against the Saints.

Score prediction: 0-2

Liverpool v Brighton

Liverpool have made a flawless start to the new season (Picture: Getty)A fantastic win for Brighton against a largely out-of-sorts Manchester United at the Amex on Sunday, but they will find the pace, energy and quality of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds a different proposition at Anfield.

These are very early days, but the clean sheet for Liverpool at Selhurst Park on Monday was significant for me. In previous campaigns the Reds may have wilted and conceded against the Eagles, but Virgil van Dijk and Alisson have added composure and quality to Jurgen Klopp’s defence.

Whoever finishes above Liverpool in the PL this term will win the title.

Score prediction: 3-0

Watford v Crystal Palace

Palace will have to do without the impressive Aaron Wan-Bissaka following his red-card against Liverpool on Monday, but the Eagles have made a good start to the season and played their part in an informative game against the Reds at Selhurst Park.

Watford have won their first couple of games in top-flight football for just the second time in their history. They finished second behind Liverpool on the only previous occasion (1983-83) and, whilst that will be beyond them this term, they can maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign back at Vicarage Road.

Score prediction: 1-1

Fulham v BurnleyBurnley are without a win in their last seven PL games after their 3-1 home defeat to Watford on Sunday and an aggregate score of 4-13 in that period will be a concern for all Clarets fans.

Fulham had their chances and played their part in a good London derby at Wembley on Saturday, but they will be desperate to get their first win of the season.

Sean Dyche’s side picked up more points on the road than at Turf Moor, however, last season and were unlucky not to win at St Mary’s on the opening day of the season.

I expect to see goals at Craven Cottage for both sides on Sunday.

Score prediction: 1-1

Newcastle United v Chelsea

Kenedy’s penalty miss cost Newcastle a win over Cardiff last weekend (Picture: Getty)United were left rueing Kenedy’s late penalty miss at Cardiff on Saturday, although a point gained with ten men following a goalless draw in south Wales was a decent enough return.

Chelsea have picked up six goals and six points from their two games to date and I just feel the west London outfit’s superior class will prevail, although Spurs had luck on their side when they picked up maximum points at St James’s Park on the opening weekend of the campaign.

Score prediction: 0-2

Manchester United v Tottenham

The problems are piling up for Jose Mourinho (Picture: Getty)I expect to see a much-improved United performance back at Old Trafford to the one which saw them lose so tamely at Brighton, but is this current United side good enough to get a result against this talented Spurs side?

United got off to a flying start with an third minute penalty against Leicester on the opening day of the season and you wonder if the Old Trafford faithful will get restless if they don’t see another early goal against Spurs.

Spurs have not been at their very best in picking up maximum points so far this term, but this will be a serious test of their title credentials. If there is to be a winner on Monday I feel it will be Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Score prediction: 1-2

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Manchester United, Chelsea & Arsenal

It’s a huge weekend of Premier League aaction (Picture: Metro)Few surprises in the opening weekend of the Premier League season with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool impressing and Manchester United and Spurs more workmanlike.

Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on all the weekend action

Cardiff City v Newcastle

Dele Alli condemned Newcastle to defeat on the opening weekend (Picture: Getty)Newcastle lost their opening day fixture for the fifth time in the last six years against Spurs last weekend but, on another day, United would have picked up at least a point having hit the woodwork twice in the second half.

The City Of Cardiff Stadium will be rocking for their first home Premier League game since 2014 and, if they are to survive in the division, their home form will be pivotal.

Newcastle have beaten Cardiff in each of their last ten Premier League meetings – their longest winning run against an opponent in league history – but I think the Bluebirds will pick up a hard-earned point.

Michael’s Prediction: Cardiff City 1-1 Newcastle

Everton v Southampton

Richarlison got off to a flier last weekend (Picture: Getty)Everton did well to get a point at Wolves on Saturday having played over 50 minutes with 10-men following Phil Jagielka’s red card at Molineux. Marco Silva’s side are likely to field at least a couple of their Deadline Day signings at Goodison and Blues’ fans will be looking forward to the home debut of Richarlison.

The young Brazilian scored with both shots on goal at Molineux, having failed to score with his last 53 attempts for Watford last season. He is an exciting recruit, but his challenge will be to sustain his opening day form over the course of a full season.

Danny Ings was a second-half substitute for the Saints in their 0-0 draw with Burnley on Sunday and it is likely that the former Liverpool striker will get a start back on Merseyside, given the striker looked sharp in his St Mary’s cameo against the Clarets.

I think Everton will edge what promises to be an entertaining game with opportunities at both ends.

Michael’s Prediction: Everton 2-1 Southampton

Leicester City v Wolves

Leicester have now conceded the opening goal in the last three Premier League seasons although I thought they played well in parts at Old Trafford last Friday. That said they have now won just four points from their last 24 available in the Premier League and they badly need a win to calm the nerves around the King Power.

Wolves showed their quality with two excellent goals against 10-man Everton at Molineux, but I thought they looked vulnerable defensively and I think the Foxes will keep the points with Jamie Vardy likely to be back in the starting XI after his goal from the bench against United last weekend.

Michael’s Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Wolves

Tottenham v Fulham

Harry Kane will be looking to end his August hoodoo (Picture: Getty)Fulham’s 2-0 home defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday means the Cottagers have won just 25 of their 119 Premier League London derbies and I think things are going to get worse before they get better at Wembley on Saturday.

The news this week is that Spurs will not move into their new 62,000-seater stadium until the end of October, but I feel they will have too much going forward for their newly-promoted opponents. After drawing a blank at St James’s Park Harry Kane has now gone 14 games without a Premier League goal in the month of August, but he is likely to have the opportunities to right that wrong at the weekend.

Fulham will surely need more time to gel with coach Slavisa Jokanovic giving debuts to no less than eight players against the Eagles on Saturday.

Michael’s Prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Fulham

West Ham v Bournemouth

West Ham will be sick of the sight of Liverpool having conceded four at Anfield on Sunday – the fourth time on the run they have shipped four goals against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in the Premier League!

Manuel Pellegrini will have another week to work with his new signings and I feel we will see a different Hammers’ side against the Cherries who got off to a winning start against Cardiff on Saturday.

Expectation has been high for Pellegrini’s Irons’ and I think it would be folly to write them off after just one – albeit mediocre – performance.

Michael’s Prediction: West Ham 2-0 Bournemouth

Chelsea v Arsenal

Eden Hazard is likely to return to Chelsea’s starting line-up against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)A good professional performance from Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea at Huddersfield on the opening day although it was difficult to get too excited about Arsenal who were easily brushed aside – as Chelsea were in the Community Shield a week earlier – by champions Manchester City at the Emirates.

Unai Emery would have hoped for an easier introduction to life in the Premier League than City at home and Chelsea away, and they will take heart from the fact that Chelsea failed to beat Arsenal in five games (Community Shield, Premier League x 2 & League Cup x 2) last season.

That said I expect Chelsea to build on their convincing win in Yorkshire and keep the points in Sarri’s first home game in charge of the Blues.

Michael’s Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

Burnley v Watford

I would be surprised if we saw many goals at Turf Moor with both sides keeping a clean sheet on the opening weekend. As good as Watford’s 2-0 win against Brighton was, I feel it was trumped by Burnley’s excellent point at St Mary’s following a difficult game in Istanbul on the previous Thursday evening.

Joe Hart will have been delighted to keep a clean sheet against Southampton on Sunday and I feel one goal might be enough against the Hornets.

Michael’s Prediction: Burnley 1-0 Watford

Manchester City v Huddersfield

It was business as usual for the champions last weekend at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)If the opening fixtures have been difficult for Arsenal the same can certainly be said of Huddersfield Town, who travel to champions Manchester City on Sunday after their opening weekend home loss to Chelsea.

I expect City to win comfortably even though the Terriers got a valuable point in their battle against relegation in the corresponding fixture at the end of last season. That goalless draw was the only time Pep Guardiola’s side failed to score at the Etihad in the league last term, but I expect them to run out convincing winners on Sunday.

Sergio Aguero has looked sharp so far this term and City’s all-time record goalscorer has scored 11 times in his last seven Premier League games at the Etihad – I feel he might be back amongst the goals at the weekend.

Michael’s Prediction: Manchester City 5-0 Huddersfield

Brighton v Manchester United

All eyes will be on Paul Pogba at the Amex (Picture: Getty)Brighton have invested heavily in the summer, but they failed to have a single shot on target at Vicarage Road in their 2-0 defeat to Watford on Saturday. Chris Hughton will be looking for a positive reaction from his side when United visit the Amex at the weekend.

A Paul Pogba-inspired United got the start they needed against Leicester last Friday and I feel they will again get a result on the south coast, although I don’t expect to see many goals.Brighton 0-1 Manchester United

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

Naby Keita starred in Liverpool’s crushing in over West Ham (Picture: Getty)Liverpool looked full of goals against a slightly disappointing West Ham at Anfield on Sunday, but one could argue that the most impressive result on the opening weekend was Palace’s 2-0 win at Fulham.

The Eagles were excellent on the break at Craven Cottage, but they will need to watch Liverpool on the counter attack at Selhurst Park such is the pace and quality in Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.

It is hard to see anything other than a hugely entertaining Monday night clash with Liverpool to take the points.

Michael’s Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool

Michael’s weekend wager: West Ham, Everton and Chelsea at 8/1

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Premier League Ins and Outs: Every completed transfer during the summer window

There have been some big moves and there are more to come before today’s deadline (Picture: Getty Images/ metro.co.uk)The transfer window slams shut on Thursday evening for Premier League clubs, so we are set for a wild few hours as last minute deals are done across the country.

There have been some huge signings so far, with Alisson arriving at Liverpool, Jorginho landing at Chelsea and Riyad Mahrez swapping Leicester for Manchester City, to name a few.

Four decisions Maurizio Sarri must make at Chelsea before the season startsThere are some more potential massive moves in the pipeline as well, so we can expect some drama in the transfer marker before Thursday’s 5pm deadline.

Here is every single transfer Premier League clubs have made so far this summer…



Bernd Leno – Bayer Leverkusen, undisclosed

Stephan Lichtsteiner – Juventus, free

Sokratis Papastathopoulos – Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed

Sokratis Papastathopolus has arrived at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Lucas Torreira – Sampdoria, undisclosed

Matteo Guendouzi – Loreint, £8m


Santi Cazorla – Villarreal, free

Per Mertesacker – retired

Jack Wilshere – West Ham, free

Chiori Johnson – Bolton, free

Vlad Dragomir – released

Takuma Asano, Hannover 96, loan

Alex Crean – released

Ryan Huddart – released

Tafari Moore – Plymouth, free

Aaron Eyoma – Derby, free

Hugo Keto – Brighton, free

Marc Bola – Blackpool, free

Kelechi Nwakali – Porto, loan

Jeff Reine-Adelaide – Angers, undisclosed

Matt Macey – Plymouth, loan

Chuba Akpom – PAOK, undisclosed

Calum Chambers – Fulham, loan

Lucas Perez – West Ham, £4m




David Brooks – Sheffield United, undisclosed

Diego Rico – Leganes, £10.7m

Jefferson Lerma – Levante, £25m

Jefferson Lerma played for Colombia against England at the 2018 World Cup (Picture: Getty Images)Out

Benik Afobe – Wolves, £12.5m

Max Gradel – Toulouse, undisclosed

Lewis Grabban – Nottingham Forest, undisclosed

Sam Matthews – Bristol Rovers, free

Ryan Allsop – Wycombe, free

Baily Cargill – released

Ollie Harfield – Dagenham & Redbridge, free

Patrick O’Flaherty – released

Joe Quigley – released

Rhoys Wiggins – retired

Adam Federici – Stoke, undisclosed

Mikael Ndjoli – Kilmarnock, loan

Connor Mahoney – Birmingham, loan

Brad Smith – Seattle Sounders, loan

Harry Arter – Cardiff, loan




Alireza Jahanbakhsh – AZ Alkmaar, undisclosed

Leon Balogun – Mainz, free

Florin Andone – Deportivo La Coruna, undisclosed

Jason Steele – Sunderland, undisclosed

Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior – RB Leipzig, undisclosed

David Button – Fulham, undisclosed

Yves Bissouma – Lille, undisclosed

Percy Tau – Mamelodi Sundowns, undisclosed

Billy Arce – Independiente del Valle, undisclosed fee

Dan Burn – Wigan, undisclosed

Peter Gwargis – Jonkopings Sodra IF, undisclosed

Martin Montoya – Valencia, undisclosed


Ben Hall – Notts County, loan

Uwe Huenemeier – SC Paderborn, free

Steve Sidwell – released

Jamie Murphy – Rangers, undisclosed

Bailey Vose – Colchester, undisclosed

Robert Sanchez – Forest Green, loan

Conor Goldson – Rangers, undisclosed

Christian Walton – Wigan, loan

Henrik Rorvik Bjordal – SV Zulte Waregem, undisclosed

Tom Dallison – Falkirk, free

Rohan Ince – released

Niki Maenpaa – released

David Ajiboye – released

Jonah Ayunga – released

Tyler Hornby-Forbes – Newport, free

Des Hutchinson – Waterford, free

Mamadou Saliou Kone – released

Tim Krul – released

Reece Myles Meekums – released

Rian O’Sullivan – released

Liam Rosenior – released

Steven Alzate – Swindon, loan

Jiri Skalak – Millwall, undisclosed

Sam Baldock – Reading, £5m

Jiri Skalak – Millwall, undisclosed




Ben Gibson – Middlesbrough, £15m

Joe Hart has made the move across Lancashire to Burnley (Picture: Getty)Joe Hart – Man City, £3.5m

Matej Vydra – Derby, undisclosed


Scott Arfield – Rangers, free

Dean Marney – released

Josh Ginnelly – Walsall, free

Tom Anderson – Doncaster, free

Rahis Nabi – released

Jordan Barnett – released

Arlen Birch – released

Brad Jackson – released

Samuel Layton – released

Harry Limb – Kings Lynn, free

Chris Long – released

Khius Metz – released

Jamie Thomas – released

Conor Mitchell – St Johnstone, loan


Cardiff City


Bobby Reid – Bristol City, undisclosed

Greg Cunningham – Preston, undisclosed

Josh Murphy – Norwich, undisclosed

Alex Smithies – QPR, undisclosed

Victor Camarasa – Real Betis, loan

Harry Arter – Bournemouth, loan


Omar Bogle – Birmingham City, loan

Lee Camp – Birmingham, free




Jorginho – Napoli, undisclosed

Jorginho could be a key figure at Chelsea this season (Picture: Getty Images)Rob Green – free

Kepa Arrizabalaga – Athletic Bilbao, £71.6m

Mateo Kovacic – Real Madrid, loan


Trevor Chalobah – Ipswich, loan

Reece James – Wigan, loan

Dujon Sterling – Coventry, loan

Nathan Baxter – Yeovil, loan

Lewis Baker – Leeds, loan

Jordan Houghton – MK Dons, free

Kenedy – Newcastle, loan

Jamal Blackman – Leeds, loan

Mitchell Beeney – Sligo Rovers, free

Ruben Sammutt – Falkirk, loan

Harvey St Clair – Unione Venezia, free

Cole DaSilva – released

Matej Delac – AC Horsens, free

Eduardo – Vitesse, loan

Renedi Masampu – released

Wallace – released

Tushuan Tyrese Walters – released

Isaac Christie-Davies – Liverpool, free

Jake Clarke-Salter – Vitesse, loan

Joao Rodriguez – Tenerife, loan

Todd Kane – Hull, loan

Mason Mount – Derby, loan

Boga – Sassuolo, undisclosed

Charlie Colkett – Shrewsbury, loan

Mario Pasalic – Atalanta, loan

Jacob Maddox – Cheltenham, loan

Fikayo Tomori – Derby, loan

Matt Miazga – Nantes, loan

Nathan – Atletico Mineiro, loan

Victorien Angban – Metz, loan

Kasey Palmer, Birmingham, loan

Kyle Scott – Telstar, loan

Thibaut Courtois – Real Madrid, £35m

Jay Dasilva – Bristol City, loan


Crystal Palace


Vicente Guaita – Getafe, free

Cheikhou Kouyate – West Ham, undisclosed

Max Meyer – free

Max Meyer is in at Selhurst Park (Picture: Getty Images)Jordan Ayew – Swansea, loan


Andre Coker – Maidstone, free

Damien Delaney – Cork, free

Jacok Kwame Berkeley-Agyepong – released

Diego Cavalieri – released

Victor Fundi – released

Lee Chung-yong – released

Bakary Sako – released

Yohan Cabaye – Al-Nasr, free




Richarlison – Watford, £40m

Lucas Digne – Barcelona, £18m

Yerry Mina – Barcelona, £28.5m

Andre Gomes – Barcelona, loan

Bernard – Shakhtar Donetsk, free


Ramiro Funes Mori – Villarreal, undisclosed

Jose Baxter – Oldham, free

Conor Grant – Plymouth, free

Calum Dyson – Plymouth, free

Wayne Rooney – DC United, free

Luke Garbutt – Oxford United, loan

Sam Byrne – released

Louis Gray – released

David Henen – released

Joel Robles – Real Betis, free

Stephen Duke-McKenna – Bolton, free

Tom Scully – Norwich, free

Henry Onyekuru – Galatasaray, loan

Shani Tarashaj – Grasshoppers, loan

Ashley Williams – Stoke, loan

Antonee Robinson – Wigan, loan

Kevin Mirallas – Fiorentina, loan




Maxime le Marchand – Nice, undisclosed

Jean Michael Seri – Nice, undisclosed

Fabri – Besiktas, undisclosed

Andre Schurrle – Borussia Dortmund, loan

Andre Schurrle is a big name signing for Fulham (Picture: Getty Images)Alfie Mawson – Swansea, £15m

Calum Chambers – Arsenal, loan

Sergio Rico – Sevilla, loan

Joe Bryan – Bristol City, undisclosed

Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa – Marseille, £22.3m

Luciano Vietto – Atletico Madrid, loan

Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Manchester United, loan


Ryan Fredericks – West Ham, free

George Williams – Forest Green, free

Stephen Humphrys – Scunthorpe, loan

David Button – Brighton, undisclosed

Isaac Pearce, Forest Green, free

Daniel Martin – Leeds, released

Djed Spence – Middlesbrough, released

Joe Felix – QPR, released

Elijah Adebayo – Swindon, loan

Marek Rodak – Rotherham, loan

Tayo Edun – Ipswich, loan


Huddersfield Town


Ben Hamer – Leicester, free

Ramadan Sobhi – Stoke, undisclosed

Terence Kongolo – Monaco, £17.5m

Terence Kongolo has made his loan move permanent (Picture: Getty Images)Juninho Bacuna – FC Groningen, undisclosed

Erik Durm – Dortmund, undisclosed

Florent Hadergjonaj – Ingolstadt, £4.5m

Jonas Lossl – Mainz, undisclosed

Adama Diakhaby – Monaco, undisclosed

Isaac Mbenza – Montpellier, loan


Tom Ince – Stoke, £12m

Dean Whitehead – retired

Rob Green – released

Luca Colville – released

Dylan Cogill – Clyde, free

Denilson Carvalho – released

Jack Boyle – Clyde, free

Regan Booty – Aldershot, loan

Jack Payne – Bradford, loan

Sean Scannell – Bradford, undisclosed

Jordan Hiwula – Coventry, undisclosed

Scott Malone – Derby, undisclosed

Jordan Williams – Barnsley, undisclosed

Michael Hefele – Nottingham Forest, undisclosed


Leicester City


James Maddison – Norwich, £22m

Ricardo Pereira – Porto, undisclosed

Jonny Evans – West Brom, undisclosed

Danny Ward – Liverpool, £12.5m

Rachid Ghezzal – Monaco, undisclosed

Filip Benkovic – Dinamo Zagreb, £13m

Caglar Soyuncu – Freiburg, £19m


Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City, £60m

Ben Hamer – Huddersfield, free

Connor Wood – Bradford, undisclosed

Robert Huth – released

Sammie McCleod – released

Cameron Yates – released

Dylan Watts – Shamrock Rovers, released

Josh Debayo – Cheltenham, free

Harvey Barnes – West Brom, loan

Daniel Iversen – Oldham, loan

Ahmed Musa – Al-Nassr, undisclosed

George Thomas – Scunthorpe, loan




Naby Keita – Leipzig, £52.75m

Fabinho – Monaco, £43.7m

Xherdan Shaqiri – Stoke, £13.5m

Alisson Becker – Roma, £67m

Alisson has been brought in to cure Liverpool’s goalkeeping problems (Picture: Getty Images)Isaac Christie-Davies – Chelsea, free


Emre Can – Juventus, free

Ovie Ejaria – Rangers, loan

Jordan Williams – Rochdale, free

Jon Flanagan – Rangers, free

Yan Dhanda – Swansea, released

Toni Corrreira Gomes – released

Andrew Firth – released

Mich’El Parker – released

Adam Bodgan – Hibs, loan

Paulo Manuel Neves-Alves – released

Harry Wilson – Derby, loan

Danny Ward – Leicester, £12.5m

Ryan Kent – Rangers, loan

Allan – Eintracht Frankfurt, loan

Ben Woodburn – Sheffield United, loan

Herbie Kane – Doncaster, loan


Manchester City


Riyad Mahrez – Leicester, £60m

Claudio Gomes – PSG, free

Philippe Sandler – PEC Zwolle, undisclosed

Daniel Arzani – Melbourne City, undisclosed


Angus Gunn – Southampton, undisclosed

Yaya Toure – released

Pablo Maffeo – Stuttgart, undisclosed

Angelino – PSV Eindhoven, undisclosed

Ashley Smith-Brown – Plymouth, undisclosed

Rodney Kongolo – Heerenveen, £750,000

Javairo Dilrosun – Hertha Berlin, £200,000

Olarenwaju Kayode – Shakhtar Donetsk, undisclosed

Will Patching – Notts County, free

Pablo – Deportivo La Coruna, loan

Anthony Caceres – Melbourne City, loan

Divine Nash – AFC Tubize, permanent transfer

Sadou Diallo – released

Demeaco Duhaney – released

Erik Sarmiento Martinez – released

Pawel Kazimierz Sokol – released

Marcus Wood – released

Jacob Davenport – Blackburn Rovers, undisclosed

Matt Smith – Twente, loan

Ed Francis – Almere City, loan

Erik Palmer-Brown – NAC Breda, loan

Manu Garcia – Toulouse, loan

Isaac Buckley-Ricketts – Peterborough, undisclosed

Kean Bryan – Sheffield United, undisclosed

Tosin Adarabioyo – West Brom, loan

Joe Hart – Burnley, £3.5m

Brandon Barker – Preston, loan

Thomas Agyepong – Hibernian, loan


Manchester United


Fred – Shakhtar Donetsk, undisclosed

Fred is United’s biggest signing of the summer so far (Picture: Getty Images)Diogo Dalot – Porto, undisclosed

Lee Grant – Stoke, undisclosed


Michael Carrick – retired

Joe Riley – Bradford, undisclosed

Dean Henderson – Sheffield United, loan

Daley Blind – Ajax, £14.1m

Indy Boonen – KV Oostende, released

Max Johnstone – released

Jake Kenyon – released

Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui – Anderlecht, free

Devonte Redmond – released

Theo Richardson – released

Charlie Scott – released

Sam Johnstone – West Brom, £5m

Matt Willock – St Mirren, loan

Joel Pereira – Vitoria Setubal, loan

Axel Tuanzebe – Aston Villa, loan


Newcastle United


Martin Dubravka – Sparta Prague, undisclosed

Ki Sung-yueng – Free

Kenedy – Chelsea, loan

Fabian Schar – Deportivo, £3m

Fabian Schar is new at Newcastle (Picture: Getty Images)Yoshinori Muto – Mainz, undisclosed

Salomon Rondon – West Brom, loan

Federico Fernandez – Swansea, £6m


Macauley Gillesphey, Carlisle, free

Yannick Aziakonou – released

Kyle Cameron – released

Yasin Ben Elmahanni – released

Owen Gallagher – released

Jesus Gamez – released

Curtis Good – released

Massadio Haidara – Lens, free

Mackenzie Heaney – released

Tom Heardman – released

Jack Hunter – Gateshaed, free

Ben Kitchen – free

Oliver Long – free

Lewis McNall – free

Brendan Pearson – free

Callum Smith – Hull, free

Liam Smith – free

Craig Spooner – free

Dan Ward – released

Paul Woolston – free

Callum Williams – Spennymoor Town, free

Stuart Findlay – Kilmarnock, free

Alex Gilliead – Shrewsbury, free

Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad – undisclosed

Jack Colback – Nottingham Forest, loan

Chancel Mbemba – Schalke, undisclosed

Matz Sels – Strasbourg, £3.5m

Adam Armstrong – Coventry, £1.75m




Stuart Armstrong – Celtic, £7m

Mohamed Elyounoussi – Basel, £16m

Angus Gunn – Manchester City, undisclosed

Jannik Vestergaartd – Borussia Monchengladbach – £18m


Jordy Clasie – Feyenoord, loan

Guido Carrillo – Leganes, loan

Will Wood – Accrington Stanley, free

Olufela Olomola – Scunthorpe, free

Dusan Tadic – Ajax, £15m

Ryan Seager – SC Telstar, loan

Florin Gardos – Universitatae Craiova, free

Armani Little – Oxord United, free

Stuart Taylor – released

Mohamed Bakary – released

Ollie Cook – released

Jeremy Pied – released

Lewis Banks – released

Dusan Tadic – Ajax, £15m

Sofiane Boufal – Celta Vigo, loan

Tottenham Hotspur



Keanan Bennetts – Borussia Monchengladbach, undisclosed

Joel Pritchard – Bolton, free

Christian Maghoma – Arka Gdynia, free

Ryan Loft – free

Luke O’Reilly – free

Nick Tsaroulla – free

Anton Walkes – Portsmouth, undisclosed




Ben Wilmot – Stevenage, undisclosed

Marc Navarro – Espanyol, undisclosed

Gerard Deulofeu – Barcelona, £11.5m

Ben Foster – West Brom, undisclosed

Ken Sema – Ostersunds, undisclosed

Adam Masina – Bologna, £3.5m

Domingos Quina – West Ham, undisclosed


Tommie Hoban – Aberdeen, loan

Nathan Gartside – released

Dennon Lewis – released

Louis Rogers – released

Charles Rowan – released

Max Ryan – released

Connor Stevens – released

Carl Stewart – released

Costel Pantilimon – Nottingham Forest, undisclosed

Mauro Zarate – Boca Juniors, undisclosed

Brandon Mason – Coventry, free

Luis Javier Suarez – Gimnastic de Tarragona, loan

Nordin Amrabat – Al-Nassr, undisclosed

Richarlison – Everton, £40m

Jerome Sinclair – Sunderland, loan

Randell Williams – Wycombe, loan

Dodi Lukebakio – Fortuna Dusseldorf, loan

Harvey Bradbury – Oxford United, free

Daniel Bachmann – Kilmarnock, loan


West Ham United


Felipe Anderson – Lazio, £35m

Andriy Yarmolenko – Borussia Dortmund, £17.5m

Andriy Yarmolenko has been in pre-season action for West Ham (Picture: Getty Images)Jack Wilshere – Free

Ryan Fredericks – Fulham, free

Lukasz Fabianski – Swansea City, £7m

Fabian Balbuena – Corinthians, undisclosed

Issa Diop – Toulouse, £21.9m

Xande Silva – Vitoria de Guimaraes, undisclosed

Lucas Perez – Arsenal, £4m

Carlos Sanchez – Fiorentina, undisclosed


James Collins – released

Patrice Evra – released

Korrey Henry – Yeovil, free

Rosaire Longelo – released

Rihards Matrevics – released

Ben Wells – QPR, free

Reece Burke – Hull City, undisclosed

Marcus Browne – Oxford, loan

Cheikhou Kouyate – Crystal Palace, undisclosed

Sead Haksabanovic – Malaga, loan

Jordan Hugill – Middlesbrough, loan




Adama Traore – Middlesbrough, £18m

Rui Patricio – Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed

Benik Afobe – Bournemouth, £12.5m

Willy Boly – Porto, £10m

Raul Jimenez – Benfica, loan

Diogo Jota – Atletico Madrid, £12.6m

Leo Bonatini – Al-Hilal, undisclosed

Ruben Vinagre – Monaco, undisclosed

Roderick Miranda – Olympiakos, loan

Joao Moutinho – Monaco, undisclosed

Jonny Castro – Atletico Madrid, loan

Leander Dendoncker – Anderlecht, loan


Barry Douglas – Leeds, undisclosed

Aaron Collins – Colchester, loan

Benik Afobe – Stoke, loan

Harry Burgoyne – Plymouth, loan

Sherwin Seedorf – Bradford, loan

Ben Marshall – Norwich, undisclosed

Roderick Miranda – Olympiacos, loan

Jordan Allan – released

Dan Armstrong – released

Anthony Breslin – released

Nicu Carnat – DAC Dunajska Streda – released

Ross Finnie – released

Conor Levingston – released

Tomas Nogueira – released

Adam Osbourne – released

Ryan Rainey – released

Jose Xavier – released

Hakeem Odofin – Northampton, free

Jon Flatt – Scunthorpe, free

Prince Oniangue – Caen, undisclosed

Rafa Mir – Las Palmas, loan

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What time does the transfer window close on Thursday and when does it close across Europe?

Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to move to Chelsea before the transfer deadline (Picture: Getty Images)We are now counting down till the end of the transfer window in hours rather than days with the deadline looming on Thursday evening.

Premier League and EFL clubs have precious little time left to bring in the players they need for the coming months, with another opportunity not arising until the January window.

However, they can still sell players to clubs abroad because English clubs have brought their transfer deadline forward, but it remains at the end of August across Europe.

Here is everything you need to know about when transfers will come to a close for the summer…

Could Paul Pogba leave Manchester United this summer? (Picture: Getty Images)When does the transfer window close in the Premier League and the EFL?

All the top four flights in England see their transfer windows close at 5pm BST on Thursday, 9 August.

Premier League clubs will not be able to complete loan deals or sign free agents after this deadline either.

Football League clubs will be able to do both until the end of August, though.

Jack Grealish is being heavily linked with a move from Aston Villa to Tottenham (Picture: Getty Images)When does the transfer deadline close across Europe?

Most of the big European leagues see their transfer windows close on 31 August.

In Spain, France, Germany, Scotland, Russia, Turkey, Belgium and others, their transfer deadlines are on 31 August.

However, there are some notable exceptions, with Italy’s closing on 17 August, Sweden’s on 11 August and Netherlands on 3 September.

For a full list of the transfer window closing dates, click here.

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